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Does marital status matter for labour market participation among men and women with disabilities?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Research in Disability and Habilitation. (Karin Sonnander)
2015 (English)In: 31st International Congress on Public Health, May 31- June 5, Seoul, South Korea, 2015Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Introduction: People with severe disabilities usually have less capacity to achieve a long-lasting disposable income as their participation in the labor market is often limited. Various laws have been implemented to strengthen the individual autonomy in order to facilitate equality and participation in the society. However, people with disabilities are expected to adhere to a traditional role as a deviant and are not fully included in society normality of adults. The aim of the study was to analyze whether there are differences in marital status among people with severe disabilities, receiving personal assistance to work. Methods: The study consists of a quantitative cross-sectional analysis based on data from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency as well as data from a questionnaire survey of a sample of people with severe disabilities who were entitled to personal assistance (total of 15,515) conducted in 2010. The number of responses (10,200) corresponds to a response rate of 67 %. Results: Among those being active in the labor market, men were considerably overrepresented compared to women disregard marital status, i.e. there were no considerable differences whether a person was married, divorced, single, a widow/-er etc. The wish to work, however, was generally stronger among women who did not receive assistance for engaging in the labor market. Discussion: The study showed that the image of disability may be intensified by gender - for women it seemed to be the intensified passivity and helplessness. Although men often experience constraints on their sexual access and wider social participation, women with disabilities seemed to be questioned not only through their ability to reproduce, but also to produce, thus providing less assistance benefits for womens active participation in the labor market.  

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Disability, labour market participation, gender
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Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Social Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-268167OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-268167DiVA: diva2:876044
31st International Congress on Public Health, May 31- June 5, Seoul, Korea
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2012-0921
Available from: 2015-12-02 Created: 2015-12-02 Last updated: 2015-12-02

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